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Tina stops talking when she uncovers a cutout in the hardwood floor at the back of the closet. She tries to pry the floor up but can’t get it to lift, she turns to Shane.
“Get me a butter knife!”
Shane runs to the kitchen and returns moments later with a knife. She hands it to Tina who pries up the cut floorboard. Once removed, they see what’s hidden is a safe. Shane grabs it and brings it to the bed as Tina moves toward the dresser and starts sifting through Bette’s jewelry box.
“What are you doing Tina?”
“I’ve seen a couple of loose keys in the bottom of her jewelry box before. I never asked about them because they didn’t seem attached to anything. I’m sure one of them is for the safe, and maybe the contents of the safe will tell us what the other key is for. YES! Got it!”
Tina rushes over to the bed with the keys in hand. Nervously, she brings the smaller key to the lock on the box and inserts it. Looking to Shane, she turns the key, and both let out their held breath when it unlocks. When Tina lifts the lid, both women gasp at what they find.
“Oh my god…”
Tears involuntarily begin to trickle down both Shane and Tina’s cheeks when they see what’s revealed in the safe. Tina’s hands shake as she reaches out to lift the stack of photos on top. She thumbs through them slowly, the bile rising in her throat, as she takes in the images of Bette’s battered face and body.
Shane reaches out for the photos, shocked and sick.
“We… we never saw her like this Tina – it was not this bad when we left. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. I know I should have stayed. God… I don’t know how she even got away…”
Tina remains silent as she begins to look through the rest of the safe. In there, she finds more keys, a large envelope stuffed with papers, a diary, and a DVD. The DVD is unmarked, but the hair on Tina’s neck stands on end as she holds it. Without speaking, she gets up and heads to the living room. Shane follows, slightly confused, as she watches Tina load the disc and turn the TV on. They wait anxiously until the picture and sound come through.